Don’t forget the mask! IMSS calls to use it to avoid more infections by covid-19

to break the chains of contagion and prevent diseases by covid-19, The Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) called on the population to reinforce basic prevention measures: correct use of a mask or face mask, frequent hand washing with soap and water, or 70 percent alcohol gel, keep a healthy distance from others. least 1.5 meters, avoid crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, and favor the ventilation of the places where we are, for example, office, school and home.

In addition to these actions, the IMSS also recommended applying the SARS-CoV-2 virus vaccine to reduce the risk of developing serious illness or death. Immunization does not prevent contagion, however, it is a fundamental tool to prevent hospitalizations from increasing and health services from becoming saturated.

In the presence of symptoms such as: headache (irritability occurs in children under five years of age), fever greater than 38°, cough or sneezing, accompanied by chillsrunny nose, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscles or joints or in the chest, red eyes, changes in smell and/or taste; You must isolate yourself and go to your Family Medicine Unit (FMU) to receive medical attention. If you also have any alarm data such as shortness of breath, bluish coloration of the lips or fingers, you must go to the Emergency Department.

For the care of people with a respiratory disease, the IMSS has 2,344 Respiratory Care Modules (MARSS) throughout the country; The IMSS also has areas of hospitalization with ventilators for patients with covid-19where medical surveillance and intensive care is provided if necessary.

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The Mexican Institute of Social Security reiterated that it is important to adhere to prevention measures and implement them in the work environment, school, at home and in the spaces where they are: frequent hand washing with soap and water or 70 percent alcohol gel , keep a healthy distance of at least 1.5 meters, avoid crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, favor the ventilation of places.

Also, disinfect common areas and frequently touched surfaces such as electronic devices, utensils or work tools; adopt the inner elbow etiquette sneeze (regardless of whether or not a face covering or mask is worn) or cover with a handkerchief.

It is also necessary to avoid self-medication, since there is a risk of generating resistance to medications or worsening the condition, therefore, you should go to the IMSS medical units in the presence of symptoms of covid-19 or respiratory disease, follow the indications prescribed by health personnel.

For people who do not present symptoms and have a positive test, it is recommended to isolate themselves and continue with prevention measures to avoid spreading the disease.

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